You help animals.

We help you save

Who is Shelters United?

Shelters United is a 700+ strong cooperative buying program exclusively for nonprofit animal welfare organizations (AWOs). We are a program from Institute for Nonprofit Excellence (INPEx), a team of animal lovers dedicated to helping the awesome people that save animals since 1981, and our national distributor partner MWI Animal Health.

Save money with shelter pricing (savings made possible through our MWI distributor partnership)

“Group negotiating” is a proven approach and common practice for small vet clinics. We’re bringing it to nonprofit shelters, rescues, and spay/neuter groups, regardless of size.

Gain access to negotiated discounts, promotions and special offers from our group vendors

Because of our buying power, Shelters United is also able to support our members beyond discount pricing with additional special offers like FREE products from manufacturers.

Join a mission-based community advancing animal welfare

Beyond product discounts, Shelters United is building a library of ideas, tips, and motivation – with contributions from our members, so we can help as many animals as possible can be adopted.

Buy the same products at a better price


Behind-the-scenes our team is meeting with pet product manufacturers to form new relationships

and negotiate deep discounts, promotions, and special offers for our members.

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High Quality Products




Years In Animal Welfare

A Message from Our Founder,

Mal Schwartz

In the 42 years that I have been supporting animal welfare, I have never been as excited about a program as I am about Shelters United. Your nonprofit will be part of a unique buying group created by MWI Animal Health and INPEx. As a member of this buying group, your nonprofit will receive significant discounts on many of the supplies you need every day– saving a lot of money for you and more than 500 rescues, shelters, and S/N organizations nationwide. I look forward to continuing to support you!